美国五位前总统出席飓风救灾筹款音乐会

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年10月22日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

五位美国前总统在德克萨斯A&M大学出席一场为飓风受灾民众筹款的音乐会。(2017年10月21日)
五位美国前总统在德克萨斯A&M大学出席一场为飓风受灾民众筹款的音乐会。(2017年10月21日)

全部五名仍在世的美国前总统星期六出席了一场旨在帮助美国本土和美国属地波多黎各、维尔京群岛飓风受灾民众的筹款音乐会。

奥巴马、小布什、克林顿、老布什和卡特五位美国前总统星期六出席了在德克萨斯州大学城举行的音乐会。音乐会在德克萨斯州A&M大学的里德体育场举行。

美国现任总统川普没有出席音乐会,但他通过视频向对救灾做出贡献的人表示感谢。

川普在视频中表示,美国一定会比以前更强大、更美好。

除飓风外,山林大火在北加州肆虐,造成数以千计的人无家可归。

音乐会的主办方是“一个有魅力的美国”(One America Appeal)。老布什的办公室星期六宣布,主办方已经从8万多个捐款者那里筹集到了3100万美元资金。

声明说,仅飓风造成的损失就已经高达3000亿美元。重建工作预计将持续数月甚至几年。

声明还说,主办方已经将来自五个特定基金的近1300万美元发放。

音乐会上,莱尔·劳夫特、罗伯特·基恩、摩尔和亚当斯和阿拉巴马乐队登台献唱。以《上帝保佑美国》一曲成名的乡村歌手李·格林伍德是音乐会的司仪。

今年9月飓风哈维重创德克萨斯州中部以来,五位美国前总统就一起合作为受灾者筹款。在那之后,飓风艾玛袭击了波多黎各和佛罗里达,飓风玛丽亚二次袭击了波多黎各和维尔京群岛。

Five Former US Presidents Join Forces at Relief Concert Saturday

All five living former U.S. presidents are attending a fundraising concert Saturday to benefit the victims of hurricanes that ravaged homes in the United States and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands in recent months.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are attending the concert in College Station, Texas, Saturday. The show known as "Deep from the Heart: the One America Appeal" will take place at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University.

President Donald Trump will not attend the event, but will appear by video to thank people who have contributed to the relief effort.

In the video, Trump vows that the United States will recover stronger and better than it was before.

In addition to the hurricanes, record-breaking wildfires have ravaged the communities of Northern California, leaving thousands more people homeless.

The organization of ex-presidents is known as the One America Appeal. The office of George H.W. Bush announced on Saturday that the organization has already raised $31 million in tax-deductible private funds from more than 80,000 donors.

Damage estimates from just the hurricanes are already topping $300 billion, the statement says, and recovery is expected to take months and years of rebuilding.

The statement says One America has already distributed nearly $13 million to five designated funds: the Florida Disaster Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Fund for the Virgin Islands, and Juntos y Unidos por Puerto Rico.

The concert is expected to feature performances by Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore, Yolanda Adams and the group Alabama. Country singer Lee Greenwood, known for his hit "God Bless the U.S.A.," is expected to emcee the event.

The five former presidents have been working together to raise money for hurricane victims since Hurricane Harvey struck the heart of Texas in September. Since then, Hurricane Irma raked through Puerto Rico and Florida, and Hurricane Maria struck a second blow to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Concert organizers say the proceeds from the concert will be collected and distributed through various organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.